Surprisingly, street art can be perceived as vandalism. This misunderstood art form is a present concept in all of our daily life, it acts as an inspiration to many aspiring artists and brightens up the dismal world we live in today. It is a method of self-expression used by many people, every individual has their hobbies and interests, to some it is street art. It is a creative ability that should be praised and admired, instead it is often disdained. So is it right to simply call the unique talented art we see as petty vandalism?
There were several different explanations that artists shared as well as several different reasons why they like graffiti. The common theme among the graffiti artist and taggers was that graffiti is simply a form of self-expression (Bryan). At the end of the film one tagger made a comment and said, "graffiti is not vandalism, but it is a beautiful crime". This comment did not make sense to me. Committing a crime, a hideous act, is not a beautiful thing to do by any means.
Illegal work will never be appreciated totally by critics because there are too many negatives. Art works in galleries that are based on graffiti might look good but technically it is not graffiti. I will support it as long as it stays creative. I have pretty much grown out of liking graffiti anyway because it is all the same really. I realised that it does more harm than good and it has lost its meaning, even though it started off putting a name up for fame.
Tagging is something that has been considered controversial considering on one hand it is self advertisement and doesn't provide any useful commentary and it can promote gangs, while on the other hand is still can show artistic qualities. When it comes to graffiti there is millions of different approaches from large scale murals to a super tiny symbol on a single brick. To put it simply the graffiti I am referring to is anything that be taken as having artistic value and still being family
One of the most important things to remember is that morality is not necessarily the same around the world. The scandalous and immoral are not objective and although many art pieces praise ideas that would fall under these labels, the morality of subject should not devalue
While it may not be morally correct to violate other individuals’ property with abstractions, it is still art. Primarily, one of the main reasons why graffiti is such a controversial issue is the locality of the illustrations. However, many still cannot accept the completion of the art since it involves spray paint to generate the pictures. Another statement from the University of Florida says that “Graffiti cannot be disregarded because of its location and illegality. The manner in which graffiti art is executed is the only obstacle it faces in being considered an art form,” (Stowers 2).
If there were a beautiful and eye-catching mural on a wall, would most people not take a glance at it and consider it a work of art? People will realize it is art before processing the fact that it is illegal. It is a ridiculous belief that just because graffiti is done somewhere without consent, it throws out the notion that it is still art. Sure, the piece of work was done illegally but why can’t the work still be appreciated and enjoyed. Art is art wherever it is found.
Even though people have accepted the term, In fact, most of people don’t really know what’s the difference between street art and graffiti, the annoying thing in the media is that they don’t try very hard to work out what the answer is, what is street art and what is graffiti. Of course, it seems not important to figure out the question. To a certain degree, graffiti writing will always remain on the fringe, while street art being its acceptable in society. The question about street is beautifying or destroying our environment, in the end the answer doesn’t matter, it’s up to you as the viewers to decided what is art and what is not, what is interesting and what is not, street art is art, graffiti can be art too. If you accept street art putting on the street, it is beautifying our society, thus, if you totally can’t accept the street art putting on the street, it is destroying our society.
We see different types of art every day and rarely do we no't recognize it. One of those types of work of art is street art. We can see street art in many of different ways yet probably one of the most widely recognized forms is graffiti. Our society in the past has seen graffiti as a offensive act, but, now a days graffiti is an extensive piece of the mainstream art industry. It has found its way into art galleries and because of the community of artists who challenge and motivate each other, graffiti should be considered art and as a way to express oneself.
No matter how offensive or politically incorrect it is some people may interpret different things, they do not have to engage in such policies. These are reasons why I am against government regulations of the media, especially my favorite form of art; music. Work Cited Wishnia, Steven. "Bad Transmission: Clear Channel's Hit List." Web Archive.